On the 4th of February 2009, a cooperation agreement on further cooperation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was signed at the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) between the Vietnam Vocational Training Association (VVTA), the General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in the witness of Mr. Dam Huu Dac (Vice Minister, MoLISA), Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hang (Chairwoman, VVTA), Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung (Director General, GDVT), Dr. Horst Sommer (Priority Area Coordinator for TVET and Chief Technical Advisor, GTZ).
This agreement is affirming the bilateral cooperation in the area of TVET between Vietnam and Germany. The three partners agreed to cooperate closely in reviewing and the cooperation potentials and modalities between TVET institutions and business sector. Framework conditions will be assessed with regard to cooperative TVET delivery approaches (such as apprenticeship training, internship), business sector involvement and contribution in training provision, standard setting, assessment and advising TVET institutes. As a result, the partners will develop concepts for further participation of business sector in TVET. Discussions about engagement of business sector in TVET always bring up the aspect of financial contributions from enterprises for TVET. To get an overview about financing of TVET in Vietnam a closer look into actual financing mechanism is needed. Joint workshops and studies will be conducted with the aim of strengthening capacities of Vietnamese TVET stakeholders in analyzing cost-effectiveness and social benefits of TVET in Vietnam.
Another cooperation priority area is awareness rising on TVET. Information sheets about TVET will be distributed to the civil society to provide better information about TVET careers. As well, technical articles about TVET for sharing knowledge and experiences between TVET stakeholders will be published. In the coming weeks the three partners GDVT, VVTA and GTZ will develop a detailed plan of activities.